CORNWALL Ontario – Politicians say a lot of things. They really do. And then there are those like our MP who will say just about anything the PMO’s office wish him to say like what he did in Parliament recently on Poverty.
Yes, there’s an election coming and surprisingly Mr. Lauzon isn’t going to take yet another gold plated retirement (his first biggie was for coming to Cornwall, shutting down the Canada Manpower office, and taking his golden parachute.)
Poverty isn’t limited to those on Social Assistance. Today we have ever growing numbers of working poor.
People who work full time or close to that and still can’t afford the necessities in life, never mind some of the things that Mr. Lauzon enjoys at his home in St. Andrews like owning your own detached home.
And many of those people either don’t have children or have few kids.
Mr. Speaker, families in my riding of Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry have
to make decisions every day on how best to plan for their future, be it
education for their children, retirement, or how to make ends meet. That is
why our Conservative government continues to cut taxes for Canadian
Every family in my riding will stand to benefit from our latest tax breaks,
including the increase and expansion of the universal child care benefit to
nearly $2,000 per year for every child under the age of 6, and $720 for
every child between the ages of 6 and 17. While we are giving benefits
directly to families, the NDP and Liberals have said that they not only
oppose these benefits but would also put the money into the hands of big
Our government trusts Canadians to spend and save their own earnings based
on their own priorities. The Liberal leader has already pledged to reverse
family tax cuts, forcing all families with children to pay more. That is his
plan. Our plan is to help every family with children by putting more money
into their pockets.
The majority of my friends in this riding don’t actually have children. Essentially this child tax credit will come out of our pockets to be given to those in the middle and upper classes because frankly the majority of families with larger amounts of children are usually now on some sort of government stipend whether it be Ontario Works or ODSP in this riding.
Children cost a lot of money and many working families limit their off spring because of the cost of living and high taxation. It’s hard to work full time as most parents have to and take care of your kids.
We all know there’s an election coming up and frankly it’s insulting to see such minuscule relief.
If Mr. Lauzon and his party were serious about offering relief to residents of SD&G they’d be cutting taxes instead of keeping them high so they could redistribute to their supporters whether they be voters, media outlets, or friendly businesses that kick back donations.
Poverty is not good for business. It’s not good for the community. It slows economies and ultimately costs more in legal, medical, and other services and that’s not even counting the trauma of living in poverty.
Maybe Mr. Lauzon should start researching and thinking instead of simply spouting off whatever is handed to him in Parliament?
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